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February 17, 2010

Who's in charge of AY at the ESDC? A team, but there's no point person (any more); FOIL request regarding mystery volunteer still pending

Atlantic Yards Report

Who's in charge of the Atlantic Yards project at the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC)?

Is there an in-house project manager, a point person, similar in function to the way, for example, Regina Myer serves as president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation? Is there a board with oversight responsibilities and a process for seeking local input?

Nope. For a while, though, depending on whom you talk to, the ESDC had a volunteer in charge.
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Why is that question important? Well, as I wrote 6/2/09, there was evidence that suggested lawyer Susan Rahm, a volunteer, was running the show.

Norman Oder is FOILed, again.

On 4/20/09, I filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the ESDC, asking in part:

Specifically I request records that explain 1) how Susan Rahm's role and responsibility was introduced to ESDC colleagues when she joined ESDC as a volunteer in 2007 and 2) direct contacts by Rahm and/or Darren Bloch from 2007-present with Forest City Ratner executives regarding such issues as the timing, financing, legal status and scope of the Atlantic Yards project.
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Every month, I get a response from the ESDC's FOIL officer, telling me they're still working on my request. It's been nearly ten months now.

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NoLandGrab: Ten months? And they expect us to believe that Atlantic Yards will be completed in 10 years.

Posted by eric at February 17, 2010 10:20 AM